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Successes in Chesterfield County schools

National History Bee

National History Bee


Chesterfield County Public Schools had 17 students qualify to compete in the National History Bee, which will take place June 9-12 in Chicago. The National History Bee, a social studies competition for elementary and middle school students that tests knowledge of a wide range of historical topics, has three stages:

  • Stage 1: This includes an optional intramural bee and a mandatory online qualifying exam.
  • Stage 2: The top students from the online exam compete in one of 39 regional final competitions across the United States (including one that took place May 2 at Fairfield Middle School).
  • Stage 3: Top finishers from the regional finals are eligible to advance to the national finals. For more information, go to

These 17 Chesterfield County students qualified for the National History Bee and have the opportunity to compete for the title of National History Bee Champion; additionally, several of these students qualified for the U.S. Geography Olympiad, which will also take place June 9-12 in Chicago:

  • Manchester Middle — Michael Dennis, Thomas Ensley, Jack Nuckols, Donovan Stollsteimer and Ken Zhang
  • Robious Middle — Jackson Ackermann, Ross Bazzichi, Dominic Genett, Hannah George, Sachin Sanjay and Kayla Shore
  • Tomahawk Creek Middle — Ethan Clark, Carter Dolan, Colin Grace, Elle Kim, Shaun Mathew and Nathan Winiarski







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Clover Hill Elementary Fourth-grader Wins Top Award

Clover Hill Elementary

Jessy SamyClover Hill Elementary fourth-grader Jessy Samy won a top award in the annual poster contest sponsored by the Virginia Association for Pupil Transportation.

Jessy received her first-place award in the grades 3-5 division during a presentation, yesterday, in the school cafeteria in front of the entire fourth grade.

Her artwork will be one of 12 drawings included in a calendar created by the Virginia Association for Pupil Transportation for distribution across the state.


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Environmental recognition

Three Local Schools Stand Out


Virginia Naturally Schools


Three Chesterfield County schools were named Virginia Naturally Schools for their environmental conservation and stewardship.

Clover Hill High was named for the eighth year, James River High for the seventh year and Robious Elementary for the sixth year.

Their continued environmental efforts make it clear that all three schools are not only committed to the education of our students,  all three schools are committed to making the Robious Corridor Community a cleaner place to live.

Across the state, only 57 schools were recognized in 2015 in this program overseen by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.


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Robious Corridor

Cindy Jones – in the Spotlight

Clover Hill Elementary teacher is named Virginia’s Elementary PE Teacher of the Year

Cindy JonesCindy Jones, who teaches physical education at Clover Hill Elementary, won the 2015-16 Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year Award from the Virginia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, which is a professional association of educators. Her teaching career began 29 years ago; she has been with Chesterfield County Public Schools for 15 of those years and has worked at Clover Hill Elementary for the past 13 years.

The Virginia Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance requires that a candidate for the Elementary PE Teacher of the Year Award

  • serve as a positive role model, epitomizing personal health and fitness, enjoyment of activity, sportsmanship and sensitivity to the needs of students
  • use various teaching methods and plan innovative learning experiences
  • conduct a balanced and sequential curriculum
  • assume responsibility for his/her professional growth
  • show professional commitment through involvement in health and physical education organizations

Here are just a few of the innovative approaches Cindy Jones uses:

  • She created and uses the STEM in the Gym program, which builds core concepts of science, technology, engineering and math into PE instruction by having students experience simple machines. STEM in the Gym recently won a GESS Education Award and was named Best Product to Promote Health and Fitness in the Classroom.
  • During the biking unit that Jones teaches fourth- and fifth-graders, the final ride is a 5-mile round trip during PE class around the lake to Tom Sawyer’s Island in Woodlake. Parents ride along as helpers and by all accounts are almost as enthusiastic about the outing as the students are each year.
  • At least twice a month, Jones posts YouTube videos for students to encourage them to exercise outside of class and on rainy days. She incorporates school leaders and community volunteers into her Champion Challenge videos. In addition to encouraging physical activity, the videos often incorporate academic skills like counting and vocabulary.

Cindy Jones…in the Winterfield Veterinary Hospital Spotlight!

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 Liz Dorneman


Race‘N’Roll 5K 

Colorado Fund for Muscular Dystrophy

RNR_2016 PosterThe Colorado Fund for Muscular Dystrophy (CFMD) will be hosting its third annual Race‘N’Roll 5K walk & run event on August 13, 2016, the morning of the Filipino Festival at the Our Lady of Lourdes in Henrico.

Proceeds from the event will go towards fulfilling CFMD’s mission to increase the quality of life for those living with Muscular Dystrophy.

The Colorado Fund for Muscular Dystrophy (CFMD) was established in honor of Aileen Colorado, a Midlothian native was passed away in May of 2011 due to complications that she suffered from pneumonia.  Aileen, diagnosed with muscular dystrophy at birth, chose a career of advocacy for disability employment opportunities.  Her sister, Stephanie, is the Program Coordinator of the Colorado Fund for Muscular Dystrophy.  Stephanie, who also suffers from muscular dystrophy, remembers Aileen as a kind and fun loving person who enjoyed life and loved helping people.

Last year, CFMD awarded 5 year Ben Bumgarner with one thousand dollars for toward the purchase of an adaptive tricycle.  This year, the organization was able to present another one thousand dollar grant towards the purchase of an assistive push wheelchair for Steven Connelly.  

In addition to raising the funds for critical equipment, CFMD also sponsors opportunities for children.  Each year the organization sends children to the Muscular Dystrophy Association summer camp in Wakefield, Virginia.  The camp, which costs eight hundred dollars for each camper, gives children with muscular dystrophy the opportunity to enjoy swimming, horseback riding and canoeing in an adaptive environment with the encouragement of specially trained counselors.

This year, the CFMD hopes to raise ten thousand dollars during their third Race’N’Roll 5K walk & Run event. The funds raised will not only allow them to continue their work, but will also expand on the critical services that they provide, to increase the quality of life for those living with Muscular Dystrophy.

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Fantastic Sams

Robious Corridor

RapidNation Boosters Meeting

James River High School

RapidNation BoostersJoin the James River RapidNation Boosters Meeting for their Spring open meeting. The success of the athletic boosters rests in the good ideas and interest of our James River HS parents and the Robious Corridor community. While you are there, you will be able to meet the Boosters Board, hear about past and future events–especially August’s RapidFest kickoff–and explore opportunities to help with RapidFever and our spirit wear program.


Thursday at 7 PM – 8:30 PM


James River High School



Every Wednesday is Kid’s Day at Fantastic Sams Belvedere Vista. We offer $9 haircuts for children 0-12. No appointment needed and seldom do you have to wait.


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Spring Green

Robious Corridor

They’re Back…

Protect Your Pine Trees From Destruction!




Spring is the time of year when we enjoy the beauty of flowering trees and shrubs, the splendor of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, alliums and all manner of spring blooming bulbs, and the return of European Pine Sawfly larvae, feeding voraciously on Mugho pines and other pine species.

The European pine sawfly is probably the most common insect pest on Mugho pines. The gray-green larvae looks like caterpillars, but are actually the larvae of a primitive wasp-like adult that are also related to bees. Beside Mugho pines, they are known to feed on the needles of Scotch, Red and Jack pines.

When the larvae first hatch, they are only able to feed on the needle surface, leaving behind twisted remnants of the needles, such as what you see in the background of the picture below. As they continue to grow, they will consume all the old growth needles and then move on to the next branch.  Generally, they do not feed on the current year’s needles. This feeding habit will produce a “bottle-brush” appearance to the plant, with only the new needles remaining since the older needles have all been eaten away.

The Pine sawfly larvae have an interesting defense mechanism against one of their major predators – birds. The larvae feed in groups and there can be 30 or 40 of them on a single branch. When threatened, they will all rapidly rear up on their hind ends, displaying an imposing site to an easily startled bird.

The larvae will continue feeding for another couple of weeks before dropping to the ground where they will spin a hard brown cocoon in the leaf litter at the base of the plant. They will remain there until the end of August to early September when the adults emerge. After mating, the female will use a saw-like appendage on her abdomen to cut a small slit into a single needle into which she will deposit 6 to 8 eggs. She will repeat this process on 10 to 12 additional needles, located near the tip of the branch. If you look carefully, you may see the yellow eggs on the needles. They are easier to see after the first frost.

The adults often do not travel far from where they emerged from their cocoon, so if you have pine sawfly on your pine tree or shrubs this year, there is a good chance you will have them again next year on the same plant.  If you scout for the eggs during the winter or early spring, remove and dispose of the needles that have eggs on them. If they do hatch and the population is small, cut off the branch where they are located and throw it away. You may want to take a paper or plastic bag to wrap around the branch to prevent any from falling off during the removal process.

Any commercially available insect control product will take off these insects. Be sure to read and follow all label directions. Often times, the damage is localized to just a few branches, so it may not be necessary to treat the entire tree. You can contact Alex or Anne at your local Spring-Green office and they will provide you with an estimate to control pine sawfly, along with other insect and disease pests that can affect your home landscape.

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Robious Corridor

World Health Organization Blames Lack of Mosquito Control for Zika Crisis

May 31, 2016


Maggie Fox reports that “The Zika epidemic and the birth defects it’s causing are both the fault of governments that abandoned programs to control mosquitoes and to provide even the most basic family planning assistance to young women, the head of the World Health Organization said last Monday.

“’Let me give you a stern warning. What we are seeing now looks more and more like a dramatic resurgence of the threat from emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases. The world is not prepared to cope,’ WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan told a meeting of the World Health Assembly.

“Brazilian experts have been pointing out that the country once successfully eliminated the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes that carry the Zika, dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever viruses. Then the government simply stopped paying for eradication and prevention, and the mosquitoes came back.

“’Above all, the spread of Zika, the resurgence of dengue, and the emerging threat from chikungunya are the price being paid for a massive policy failure that dropped the ball on mosquito control in the 1970s,’ Chan said.

“Chan’s warning echoes what the Obama administration and U.S. health officials have been saying. They charge that public health is not just being underfunded, but cut back at a time when it should be built up to help protect people against new threats like Zika.

The CDC says “More Zika cases are almost certain to come as summer heats up and mosquito season gets under way. The administration is in a desperate fight with Republicans in Congress over funding for Zika preparations.

“’It is not a question of whether babies will be born in the United States with Zika-related microcephaly — it is a question of when and how many,” Ron Klain, the former U.S. Ebola czar, wrote in a commentary in the Washington Post.”


Source: NBC News

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acac Midlothian


Robious Corridor


Are you a carb counter when it comes to food labels?

acac Midlothian

NUTRITION TIP OF THE WEEK Don’t get caught in the trap of limiting all carbs when it comes to losing weight. For a healthy, permanent weight-loss, we need a balance of clean, high-fiber carbs, lean protein, and some healthy fats in our diet.

Pay attention to all of the ingredient list and here are a couple of things to keep in mind when looking at nutrition labels:

-There’s a difference between “light” and “low calorie”. Low calorie specifically means it contains no more than 40 calories per serving. Light means 25% fewer calories and fat than the original product. Not always a great choice. Quality of ingredients also matter.

-“Sugar-free” and “No added sugar” can also be confusing. Sugar -free means that the product contains less than 0.5 grams of sugar per serving, but watch out for artificial sweeteners such as Sucralose (Splenda) or Aspartame. Sugar alcohols can also be used in sugar-free products, but can cause GI upset, so I recommend avoiding them if possible. No added sugar means that the food can contain naturally occurring sugars, so it can still be high in calories and not necessarily healthy.

-Fiber is important when we are looking for healthy carbs, so if you can avoid most of the boxes, it will ensure cleaner foods.

-Two important additions to the new food labeling guidelines that take effect in 2017 are that a separate line for added sugar will be listed as well as the amounts for calcium, vit. D, iron, and potassium.

Learn your labels to be a healthier, more educated consumer.

written by Donna Wheeler, acac nutritionist

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Your Wednesday Weather Outlook



Isolated showers, then scattered showers and thunderstorms after noon. Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 83. Calm wind becoming east 5 to 7 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.


weatherWednesday Night

A slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. East wind 3 to 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.



A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 82. Light east wind. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.


weatherThursday Night

A slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. Light southeast wind. Chance of precipitation is 20%.



Showers likely, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 85. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.


weatherFriday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67. Chance of precipitation is 30%.



A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 84. Chance of precipitation is 30%.


weatherSaturday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. Chance of precipitation is 40%.



A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 83. Chance of precipitation is 50%.



Sunday Night

A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 65. Chance of precipitation is 40%.



Mostly sunny, with a high near 82.


weatherMonday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 62.



Mostly sunny, with a high near 80.








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Ace Glass

Robious Corridor

Updated School Events Schedule!

brought to you by Ace Glass




Salem Church Middle will present a performing arts showcase 6-8:30 p.m. June 2 in the Heritage Amphitheater at Pocahontas State Park. More than 250 students will perform selections showcasing the school’s “Journey of Hope” project-based learning units and other spring pieces. The performance by drama, chorus, orchestra, guitar and band students is free to the public, but there is a parking fee of $4 cash per vehicle. This family-friendly event will have food trucks at 5 p.m. for people who would like to buy dinner. For more information, email


Cosby High will have a driving safety event 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. June 2 that will include a wrecked car, fire and rescue vehicles and a medevac helicopter. For more information, email

Spring Run Husky 5K

Spring Run Elementary and Bethia United Methodist Church are hosting the third annual Spring Run Huskies 5K. Registration is due by June 2 for the race, which will take place 10 a.m.-1 p.m. June 5 at Spring Run Elementary. In addition to the run, there will be food trucks and vendors. Money from the event will benefit a Spring Run Elementary family whose daughter died of a rare form of cancer. To register or for more information, go to


Word wall ball

Spring Run Elementary kindergartners will celebrate learning word wall words during a ball 2-2:45 p.m. June 3 in the school cafeteria. They will dress as fairy tale characters, and students who know all of their word wall words will wear special crowns. For more information, call 639-6352.


Alberta Smith Elementary will hold a carnival 5-8 p.m. June 3 with lots of family fun, games and rides. For more information, call 739-6295.



Virginia History Teacher of the Year

Cosby High’s Nicole Winter has been selected as Virginia’s 2016 History Teacher of the Year. She will receive the award during Cosby High’s faculty meeting at 2 p.m. June 6 from Betsy Barton, who is the history specialist for the Virginia Department of Education. For more information, go to

Underwater robots

Six schools will battle 9-11:30 a.m. June 6 at the Swift Creek YMCA with underwater robots they have built. About 150 students will be poolside operating submerged robots. These schools are sending teams to the SeaPerch competition: Carver College and Career, Academy 360, Falling Creek Middle, Swift Creek Middle, Manchester Middle and Matoaca Middle. For more information, email or go to


Alberta Smith Elementary will participate in a schoolwide reading of “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. June 6-17. Teachers will be reading the book aloud and incorporating penguin-related activities during the day. For more information, email


Spring Run Elementary students correctly answered 1,000 questions about Promote Respect, earning the privilege of wearing pajamas to school on June 6. For more information, call 639-6352.


Let Me Take a Shelfie

Elizabeth Davis Middle students will kick off their summer reading scavenger hunt during an event 6-8 p.m. June 7 at the school. Here’s how Let Me Take a Shelfie will work: As students read during the summer, they will take selfies of themselves reading (that’s what a shelfie is) in different scenarios, such as in a car, in a tent, barefoot, in a crowded place, etc. There are 20 scenarios, and students who submit at least 15 of those shelfies will be in a drawing to win a camera. To help students complete their shelfie scavenger hunt, the school will hold a camping-theme event 5:30-7:30 p.m. July 12 and a beach-theme event 5:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 16. For more information, go here:

Word wall ball

Alberta Smith Elementary kindergartners will attend a word wall ball 9-10 a.m. June 7. The event will include choreographed dances and a certificate ceremony. For more information, call 739-6295.

CCPS Night @ the Library

Families with students in Chesterfield County Public Schools are invited to CCPS Night @ the Library to kick off summer reading. The event will take place 6-8 p.m. June 7 at all Chesterfield County public libraries.


Special Education Advisory Committee

The Special Education Advisory Committee seeks to inform and involve parents in special education matters that affect more than 7,000 students with disabilities in Chesterfield County Public Schools. The committee will meet 5-6:30 p.m. June 8 to summarize the year and plan the committee’s annual report. The committee meets at the Career and Technical Center @ Hull, 13900 Hull Street Road. Enter through Door 1 (facing Hull Street Road). Call 639-8918 for details.


National History Bee

Chesterfield County Public Schools had 17 middle school students qualify to compete in the National History Bee, which will take place June 9-12 in Chicago. For more information, go to


Kindergarten fathers

At Spring Run Elementary, fathers of kindergartners are invited for a Father’s Day event. Dads and their children will rotate among different camping-type activities 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. June 10. For more information, call 639-6352.


Field day

Field day at Jacobs Road Elementary will take place 9 a.m.-2 p.m. June 13. Grades K-2 will participate in the morning, and grades 3-5 graders will participate in the afternoon. There will be a break in activities 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. For more information, call 674-1320.

Pack meetings

Spring Run Elementary will hold its last Pack meetings of the year at 2 p.m. June 14 for grades K-2 and at 2 p.m. June 15 for grades 3-5. For more information, call 639-6352.

Lunch Date With the Future

Bellwood Elementary fifth-graders will complete their yearlong study and practice of good manners and etiquette with a formal lunch at 11 a.m. June 15 at the Country Club at the Highlands. Students, teachers and invited guests will enjoy a meal together. For more information, email

Community project

Hening Elementary raised $657 for the school’s Relay for Life team, which is called Hope with Hening Hornets. Students brought in donations during a Taking Steps to Find a Cure fundraiser and posted purple feet on a wall. Fifth-graders raised $241 of the total amount, all of which will go to the American Cancer Society. As a reward, students will watch fifth-grade teachers dye their hair, male teachers shave their beards and one teacher shave his head. That will all take place June 15 during a mini Relay for Life walk during the school’s field day. For more information, call 743-3655.

Economics Fair

Alberta Smith Elementary third-graders will present an Economics Fair 9 a.m.-2 p.m. June 16. Each student is responsible for creating a product to sell and will spend the day acting as a producer (selling goods) and a consumer (shopping at other students’ stores for goods). For more information, email

Fifth-grade farewell

Spring Run Elementary will send its fifth-graders off to middle school with a promotion ceremony at 9 a.m. June 16 in the school gym. Also, fifth-graders will get a rousing goodbye at 11:30 a.m. June 17 when all the other students line the hallways to cheer on the fifth-graders as they leave on the last day of the school year. For more information call 639-6352.

Fifth-grade promotion

Jacobs Road Elementary will send its fifth-graders off to middle school during a ceremony 9-11:30 a.m. June 16 at Clover Hill High. For more information, call Eileen Traveline at 674-1320.


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